Washburn University Students Named as Millennium Fellows (a U.N. Program), Making Washburn One of Only 69 Universities in 16 Nations Able to Claim this Honor
Topeka, Kan. – Eight Washburn University students have been chosen as 2019 Millennium Fellows from more than 7,000 applicants worldwide. Millennium Fellows are undergraduate students who illustrate exemplary leadership on sustainable development-related projects that advance the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their respective communities. These students are selected by the Millennium Campus Network (MCN) and the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) annually as part of their joint Millennium Fellowship program.
“These students came together in a partnership between Learning in the Community [LinC, Washburn’s center for community and civic engagement], the Washburn University Honors Program and the Washburn University Leadership Institute to apply to become Millennium Fellows through the Millennium Campus Network,” said Lauren Edelman, interim director of the Washburn University Leadership Institute. “This was a very competitive process and our students were eight of 1,092 students selected from 1,209 campuses across 135 countries – making Washburn one of the 20 U.S. universities and the only school in Kansas.”
Washburn University Millennium Fellows
- Emily Gile – Senior from Newton, Kan., studying elementary education
- Brooklyn Wiens – Senior from Hillsboro, Kan., studying psychology
- Anna-Marie Lauppe – Senior from Fowler, Kan., studying psychology
- Emma Staats – Senior from El Dorado, Kan., pursuing integrated studies
- Dylan Babcock – Sophomore from Lincoln, Kan., studying accounting
- Cecelia (Marie) Caraccilo – Junior from Lansing, Kan., studying accounting
- Sydney Frantz – Sophomore from Topeka, Kan., studying mass media
- Hannah Kirby – Sophomore from Lansing, Kan., in communication studies
As part of the Millennium Fellowship, these students will participate in a semester-long leadership development program to improve their student organizing, partnership building and community impact skills. Between admission in August and conclusion of the program in December 2019, Millennium Fellows will convene locally on their respective campuses at least monthly to engage in the leadership development program. Fellows will be challenged by campus directors to share best practices and take collective action on one or more of the SDGs. Upon successful completion, each Millennium Fellow will receive recognition of completion for their Millennium Fellowship Project from MCN and UNAI.
“I am engaging in this project because I feel like during my three – going on four – years at Washburn many at the university have put a lot of effort into me. This is my opportunity to return good to the community,” said Anna-Marie Lauppe, Washburn University Millennium Fellow, senior psychology student. “In many ways the Millennium Fellowship is my undergraduate education and experiences at Washburn coming full circle. I started my freshman year doing a Campus Action Project for my Leadership 100 class, I also started working with Topeka Habitat for Humanity through LinCBonner Scholars, and I am now working with the U.N. as a Millennium Fellow. It seems like a natural launch as I look to pursue my master’s degree in psychology at Washburn University.”
This is Washburn University’s first class of Millennium Fellows, however encouraging students to apply what they learn in the classroom in meaningful ways in the local, national and global community is at the core of the university. As referenced by Lauppe, the LinC Bonner Scholar Program at Washburn University is a national service scholarship program supported by the Bonner Foundation in Princeton, NJ. The university recognizes the dedication and accomplishments of the students in this program by conferring the university honor of LinC Bonner Scholar upon graduation after successful completion of at least three full years with the program.
“At Washburn University, our mission is to enrich our students’ lives by providing opportunities for them to develop and realize their intellectual, academic and professional potential, leading them to become productive and responsible citizens,” said Dr. JuliAnn Mazachek, vice president of for academic affairs for Washburn University. “These students aspiring to and attaining this very prestigious fellowship is a perfect illustration of what can be achieved when students take advantage of opportunities at Washburn, and partner with our faculty and staff.”
About Millennium Campus Network (MCN)
MCN is a global student network addressing humanity’s greatest challenges. Through programs, MCN convenes, challenges, and celebrates student leadership for social impact. The network, marking its 10th anniversary in 2018, has grown to include more than 5,500 alumni from 300 universities worldwide. Seventy-five percent of MCN alumni now working in social impact careers, including careers in governments and the private sector, at the United Nations, and leading their own social enterprises.
About United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI)
The UNAI works with institutions of higher education and research around the world to further the realization of United Nations goals and objectives. It recognizes and cooperates with some 1,200 member institutions worldwide in promoting the values of the United Nations through research, relevant educational courses and campus activities. The United Nations General Assembly has invited “the academic, research and scientific communities to contribute to the realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and, in this regard, recognizes the important role of the United Nations Academic Impact, among other initiatives, and encourages the UNAI to play an important and growing role in fostering global citizenship, filling knowledge gaps and facilitating better understanding of the core principles and activities of the United Nations.”